Director, or Associate Director, of Institutional Research

Job Title: Director, or Associate Director, of Institutional Research
Location: Morris
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 330320

The University of Minnesota Morris, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, seeks a Director, or Associate Director, of Institutional Research. This position is 40 hours/100% time, Monday- Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, twelve month and reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness. The qualifications are as follows:

The Director will be hired into a professional and administrative appointment, 9341A1, Administrative Consultant / Analyst 1 with the following essential qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and six years related experience, Master’s degree preferred
  • Excellent statistical and analytical skills, with an ability to clearly explain complex data analyses and interpretations to a diverse set of constituencies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, STATA, R)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with discretion when dealing with confidential information

The Associate Director will be hired into a civil service appointment, 8208A3, Administrative Associate 3 with the following essential qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least four years of experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years
  • Experience creating and managing datasets
  • Excellent analytical skills, with an ability to clearly explain data analyses and interpretations to a diverse set of constituencies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with discretion when dealing with confidential information

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience in higher education institutional research
  • Advanced knowledge of data visualization software
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of federal and state requirements for the gathering, reporting, and dissemination of data from higher education institutions

Responsibilities will be consistent with classification. The Director duties, essential and preferred qualifications are listed. The Associate Director essential qualifications are listed.

About the Job

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness (SDIE), the Director of Institutional Research provides leadership for institutional research on the Morris campus. The Director compiles, analyzes, and interprets data for the University community, providing relevant, timely and accurate information in support of various decision-making processes. The DIR works independently to design and conduct special studies; produce data and reports; conduct statistical analyses; and interpret, disseminate and communicate data to a wide range of audiences. Throughout their work, they use their data knowledge and interest to ask, and answer, key questions in a wide range of areas. The Director also works with campus partners to expand data literacy on campus.

The person in this role partners closely with colleagues in various campus offices, including the University of Minnesota’s Office of Institutional Research located on the Twin Cities campus. They also serve as a member of and/or attend key governance committees and task forces.

Essential Functions:

I. Ensures that meaningful, appropriate, and accurate data and supporting documentation are readily available to meet the decision-making and reporting needs of the campus. (60%)

  • Serves as the Morris campus resource for official statistics and data.
  • Compiles and analyzes quantitative data. Creates and manipulates datasets using a variety of data sources. Creates reports, trend analyses, and predictive studies. Disseminates information using various modes of data visualization.
  • Contributes to the survey research process. Completes key external agency surveys and responds to requests for data to complete other surveys.
  • Works with division chairs, directors, faculty, administrators, and the campus community to identify and respond to their data and related information needs.

II. Translates and communicates data for appropriate audiences. (20%)

  • Creates and maintains data dashboards.
  • Provides content for the Morris Institutional Research webpage.
  • Works with campus partners to expand data use and literacy across the University.
  • Develops and delivers oral and written presentations for both internal and external groups as needed.

III. Expands campus data use and actively participates in system-wide data conversations. (10%)

  • Contributes to system-wide data decision-making and discussions and maintains a working relationship with staff in the systemwide institutional research office.
  • Audits the types of data, tools, and dissemination methods necessary to grow campus data use and analysis capabilities.
  • Working with the SDIE, modifies and/or implements systems to improve efficiency, quality, and data access, while ensuring data security.

IV. Contributes data expertise for grant proposals and reports. (10%)

  • Supports grant writing and grant reporting by gathering, preparing and analyzing relevant data required for proposals and impact analyses.

How To Apply Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, current resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be considered until the position is filled.


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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM)

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) makes its home on a 121-year-old campus on the western edge of the state and is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. The small, close-knit campus emphasizes faculty/student collaboration in research, study abroad, and service learning. Deeply rooted in the tall grass prairies of Minnesota, the campus also has advanced sustainable, environmentally friendly initiatives that have grown to levels of national leadership and touch nearly all aspects of campus life.

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, Morris combines a rigorous, student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1700 is supported by 130 faculty members, a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. The Morris campus is the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system, with 20 percent American Indian students, 10 percent U.S. students of color, and 12 percent international students.

Morris is highly ranked by national publications -- U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris in its list of “the best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students consistently win national awards – in 2017-2018, Morris was the only public baccalaureate institution among the top student Fulbright award producers. Among University of Minnesota campuses, Morris has the highest proportion of faculty in the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Gold rating.